Africa: Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe has vowed to remain in power as he turns 93.  By Jekesai NJIKIZANA (AFP/File)

Mugabe Marks 93rd Birthday With Faltering Tv Interview

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest national ruler, turned 93 on Tuesday, using a long and occasionally rambling interview to vow to remain in power despite growing signs of frailty. He celebrated with his staff in a private ceremony in Harare as supporters and r ...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 on Tuesday, says he has no

Turning 93, Zimbabwe's Mugabe rules out retirement

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 on Tuesday, has no plans to give up power, saying he has no acceptable successor in place. The call to step down must come from my party, my party at congress, my party at central committee, Mugabe said in excerpts from a radio b ...

Doctors working in public hospitals in Zimbabwe went on strike on February 18, 2017 to ask for a raise and better working conditions.  By DESMOND KWANDE (AFP/File)

Patients feel the pinch as Zimbabwe doctors strike

Saturday, February 18, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Hundreds of patients endured long hours waiting in casualty units at Zimbabweâ s state hospitals Saturday due to a crippling strike by doctors seeker higher allowances and better work conditions. Zimbabwe had one of Africa's best healthcare systems but a brain drain following a pl ...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been in power since 1980.  By Jekesai NJIKIZANA (AFP/File)

Zimbabwe will vote for Mugabe even when he's dead: wife

Friday, February 17, 2017 Harare (AFP) - The wife of 92-year-old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Friday that he would be the voters' choice even after he dies, as she addressed supporters from the ruling ZANU-PF party. Grace Mugabe, who is seen as a possible successor to her ailing husband, ratcheted up her colour ...
Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire addresses students during a 2016 lecture at Wits University in Johannesburg.  By MUJAHID SAFODIEN (AFP/File)

Zimbabwe protest pastor Mawarire says may stand against Mugabe

Friday, February 17, 2017 Harare (AFP) - A Zimbabwean pastor who led a popular protest movement last year against strongman President Robert Mugabe said Friday that he might stand in the 2018 general election. Evan Mawarire was publicly threatened by Mugabe, 92, after starting the This Flag internet campaign that trigge ...
Zimbabwe Pastor Evan Mawarire is driven to court in Harare to face charges of subverting the government and inciting public violence.  By Jekesai NJIKIZANA (AFP)

Zimbabwean protest leader remanded in custody

Friday, February 3, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwean protest leader Evan Mawarire was remanded in custody by a court in Harare on Friday after police arrested him on charges of subverting the government and inciting public violence. Mawarire, an evangelical pastor, started the popular This Flag protest movement last year ...
Pastor Evan Mawarire

Zimbabwe: ‘Sham’ arrest of Pastor Mawarire on trumped-up charges

Thursday, February 2, 2017 In response to the arrest of Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire at the Harare International Airport and his subsequent transfer to the Harare Central Police Station where he is being detained upon his return to the country this afternoon, Amnesty International rsquo;s Deputy Regional Director for So ...
Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire addresses students during a lecture at Wits University in Johannesburg, on July 28, 2016.  By MUJAHID SAFODIEN (AFP/File)

Zimbabwe protest leader detained at Harare airport

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Harare (AFP) - The Zimbabwean pastor who led protests last year against President Robert Mugabe's authoritarian government was arrested at Harare airport Wednesday as he returned to the country after several months abroad. Evan Mawarire emerged as the leader of the popular ThisFlag protest movem ...
Zimbabwe Pastor Evan Mawarire shot to fame after posting a Facebook video in which he wore the flag wound around his neck as he deplored the country's worsening economic crisis.  By MUJAHID SAFODIEN (AFP/File)

Zimbabwe protest leader Mawarire released on bail

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Harare (AFP) - A court in Zimbabwe on Wednesday released on bail the pastor who last year led a surge of protests against President Robert Mugabe and is now facing subversion charges. It is ordered that (Evan Mawarire) be admitted to bail, judge Clement Phiri said following Mawarire's High Cour ...
VAT on basic foodstuffs comes as Zimbabwe's unemployment is over 90 percent and poverty is rising.  By ODD ANDERSEN (AFP)

Zimbabwe slaps VAT on basic foodstuffs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe started levying a 15 percent value-added tax on basic foodstuffs Wednesday, the government said, dealing a further blow to cash-strapped consumers already battling to survive in an ailing economy. The tax affects meat and staple foods such as cereals, rice and potatoes. ...
When Malunga's husband died in 2013, his relatives locked her in her home, forced her to open her cash box, and stole $4,000 and the title documents to her property.  By Jekesai Njikizana (AFP)

In-laws in Zimbabwe steal houses from grieving widows

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Harare (AFP) - As Maliyaziwa Malunga mourns her dead husband, she also battles against his relatives who plot to seize her house in a custom that affects thousands of women in Zimbabwe each year. A Human Rights Watch report released on Tuesday details how in-laws in the country routinely expect t ...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the party's annual conference on December 17, 2016 in Masvingo.  By Jekesai NJIKIZANA (AFP/File)

Zimbabwe priest held over Mugabe death prophecy

Monday, January 16, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe police on Monday detained a pastor who claimed that veteran President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, would die in October, his lawyer said. Gift Mtisi said Pastor Patrick Mugabe was arrested at the magistrateâ s court in Harare where he was appearing on separate ...

Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) - Riyad Mahrez scored twice but Algeria had to settle for a 2-2 draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe as their Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a slow start in Franceville on Sunday. Newly-crowed African player of the year Mahrez gave Algeria an early lead in the Gr ...
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